Prism & Pen
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Prism & Pen

America’s radical gay lawyer

As Perry Mason, Raymond Burr tries to teach you to see

My ultra-Christian dad used to take long lunch breaks to watch re-runs of Perry Mason, an old T.V. show about an eagle-eyed trial lawyer who never lost a case. When I heard about the star, Raymond Burr, I had to laugh. They missed that one? I was left thinking about the gay role models I never had — who were right in front of me.

I realized there was mission in Burr’s work. In each episode, he sets out to teach people to see they’re living in an unjust world, and…

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